Curricular Innovation Grants

Grants from the Curricular Innovation Fund support projects including major curricular revisions for departments or programs, curricular innovations, and individual or team proposals to work on a specific course. Curricular Innovation Grants will be awarded by the Faculty Curricular Planning Committee (FCPC) for the summer of 2019 or winter break of 2019-2020. Directors and participants in any of the activities described below can receive stipends of $600 per week of full-time work up to a maximum of $3,600 (please note that stipends are taxable). Generally, grants of $1,200 (two weeks' support) will be available for individual course revisions; larger sums may be requested for development of new courses.  Note, however, that stipends will not normally be awarded for work that is considered an expected, normal part of faculty duties. Small sums for other expenses can also be provided (please note how much of your request is for expenses). The total grant may be larger than $3,600 for group applications.

Proposals are invited, addressing any of the following categories:

  1. Major curricular revisions for department or interdisciplinary programs undertaken by an individual faculty member or a group of faculty. Proposals would be expected to include provision for sharing with colleagues and program directors the results of the project undertaken.
  2. Curricular innovations whose development would involve faculty seminars or workshops. Proposals are expected to address how a small number of faculty would be centrally involved in intensive discussions of disciplinary or interdisciplinary topics. The project should lead to a significant change in the curriculum.
  3. A study of a subject or topic of substantive interest to one or more academic departments or disciplines. Although topics chosen might have some bearing on the curriculum, a proposal addressing this category would seek support for collegial discussion of academic or pedagogical issues of concern.
  4. Individual or team proposals to work on a specific course.

The Faculty Curricular Planning Committee will consider proposals in all areas, but in particular encourages proposals for:

  • curricular innovations to strengthen inclusion in teaching and learning
  • proposals to develop new courses or revise existing courses to meet the Intercultural Domestic Studies “overlay” requirement, especially at the 100 or 200 level
  • proposals to develop new courses or revise existing ones to incorporate QRE modules
  • proposals that build on the accomplishments of the Viz initiative, especially that incorporate exhibitions or performances that involve more than one class, department, an/or program
  • proposals that look ahead to begin planning for or explore innovative ideas for curricular use of the new science facility.

Proposal deadline is February 11, 2019.

Examples of projects funded in preceding years include:

  • Ross Elfline, Baird Jarman, Jessica Keating, and Katie Ryor, Art and Art History, and others, to revisit and revise the Curatorial Seminar.
  • Mary Ann Kelling, Theater and Dance, to develop a new Topics in Theater Design course.
  • Victoria Morse and Susannah Ottaway, History, to construct a set of information literacy challenges for use in the department's new 300-level courses.
  • Katie Ryor, Art and Art History, to develop a new course ARTH266: Arts of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
  • Debby Walser-Kuntz, Biology, to develop a three-credit course to help biology majors reflect on and synthesize their biology-related experiences and develop an electronic portfolio.
  • Thabiti Willis, History, to develop a winter break workshop that will examine the ways in which arts and humanities can help build relationships between North African and Middle Eastern communities.